Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Theorem” (1968)
The members of an outstanding but ordinary family each receive a spiritual revelation in this unique film that itself becomes a cinematographic vehicle of this revelation.
While the film protagonists are shaken and forever transformed by the enigmatic spiritual message, Pasolini deploys his film for the purpose of making the viewers to also go through a psychological mutation under its aesthetic guidance. That makes “Theorem” a highly unusual work of art – more than just a work of art. Pasolini juxtaposes historical times and Biblical and mythological references, and forces the viewers to become human beings of various historical periods and of all times without losing particularity and concreteness of their circumstantial and historical destiny.
You will find an article about “Theorem” “Being Incarnated into Human Form as a Spiritual Revelation” and analysis of the stills from the film (posted on Dec. 28, 2009) at: